By Ian Gilson PhD, CFA
On March 30, 2017 S&W Seed (NASDAQ:SANW) announced that the company has received its first stevia patent, patent number PP27815, for the unique stevia variety SW 201. Issued on March 28, 2017 the patent has a 20 year term.
At the same time the company filed for three other varieties, SW 227 for the leaf market and SW 107 and SW 129 for the commercial processing market.
SW 201 was designed for sale in the stevia leaf market and has an improved taste profile with little bitterness and aftertaste.
Compared to other SW varieties SW 201 is ideally suited to being grown in arid conditions with very high Reb A content, twice that of the control variety "Candy", when grown in Indio, CA and two and a half time "Candy" when grown in Yuma, AZ.
Now that S&W Seed has patent protection it can generate revenue for licensing, selling seed or selling leaf.
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